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TEMPLE EMANUEL 

WINSTON-SALEM, NC 



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in 2013 



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YEARS 



M/inston-Satem, [N'ortfi CaroCina 



28-30 SeptemSer 2007 
17-18 Tislirei 5768 




YEARS 



Schedute of the wee^ncTs events 

Tricfay, SeptemSer 28 

7 p.m. SfidSSat Service 
8 p.m. ZStH Anniversary Oneg 

Saturday, SeptemSer 29 

10 a.m. (Dedication of ScuCpture, "Journey" 

10:30 a.m. SdaSSat Service 

12 p.m. Luncdeon sponsored By (Brotfterfiood, Sisterfiood ^ JCadassad 

7 p.m. Havdaiah e^ li^eCcome 

7: IS p.m. 75 th Anniversary Concert By the ^edmont Wind 

Symphony 
8 p.m. Anniversary (Dinner 

Sunday, SeptemSer 30 

9:30 a.m. "(RememBering our (Past, Looking to the Tuture" 



(president's Message 

By David Freedman 



I wonder what the founding members of Temple Emanuel would say if 
they could join us for our 75th anniversary celebration. I imagine they 
would look, in amazement, at the beautiful new sanctuary where our 
services are being conducted, and the spacious Social Hall where our 
Saturday dinner will take place. If they could be present on a Sunday 
morning during the school year, I am sure they would be extremely 
impressed with the level of instruction occurring, and the size of the 
student body. I am certain that if they were able to obtain this fall's list of 
B'nei Mitzvah, seeing that practically every weekend we will be 
celebrating one of these joyous occasions, they would realize that the 
dream they had for the Winston-Salem Jewish community had been 
fulfilled. 

We should be so very proud of the achievements of this congregation 
over the past 75 years. It has provided a home and a place of worship for 
many at a time when it was not easy to be Jewish in North Carolina. The 
accomplishments of the various congregants are too many to mention in 
this short letter, so I will just state that I am very proud to be a member. I 
see the potential for future growth as unlimited in that I believe that as 
Winston-Salem grows, so will the Jewish community. It is incumbent 
upon us to maintain the feeling of being a small, close-knit family while 
preparing for our future needs. 

I hope that all members of our congregation will participate actively 
in our 75th celebration. For those of you who are very active in the daily 
activities of the Temple, this weekend will provide the opportunity to 
celebrate all of the hard work and dedication that you have given over the 
years. For those of you who have not been as active as you would like to 
be, this gives you the opportunity to see what you have been missing and 
to realize that a more active involvement would be extremely fulfilling. I 
know that 75 years from now, the congregation at Temple Emanuel will 
look back at 2007 and realize how we have continued to fulfill the dreams 
of the founders in 1932. 



^6 Si's Message 

By Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn 



It's funny how we mark time. We naturally gravitate toward "round" 
numbers. 25, 50, 75, 100. For businesses and organizations, birthdays 
and anniversaries, these are years to mark and celebrate in a grand 
way. As Jews, we often derive extra meaning out of years that have some 
kind of hidden message based on gematria (using the numerical value of 
the Hebrew letters to glean a deeper understanding out of a word). 

Anything that is a multiple of 18 is always special because 18 is the 
great reminder of life (chai = life = 18). 7 reminds us of creation. 70 are 
the nations of the world. 120 was Moses' lifespan. 600,000 are the men 
over the age of 20 who came out of Egypt and the number of Jews, if you 
ever see in one place, that is worthy of a special blessing. 

And what of 75? Is there a special blessing? Is there hidden meaning 
in 75? We could take the 7 and add it to 5 to reach 12, which gives us the 
tribes of Israel. We could subtract 5 from 7 and reach 2, which is the 
number of tablets of the covenant. So within the number 75 we see our 
entire people represented in the eternal covenant forged at Sinai with the 
receiving of Torah. By remaining a part of the people Israel and forever in 
covenant with God and Torah, we are a link in a chain that goes back to 
Sinai over 3,000 years ago. This has been the mission statement of 
Temple Emanuel, I suspect, since its inception: to provide a link in 
Winston-Salem, N.C. for Jews to engage with Torah, explore the meaning 
of God, and understand the eternal covenant of our people. 

As for the Hebrew letters, ayin and hey, that add up to 75, we can find 
additional meaning. Ayin represents the eye, the window to the soul. And 
hey is the letter of God's name that is made with our breath. And so 75 
reminds us of our soul's connection to God and how we are connected 
today, through our breath and through our vision, to those who came 
before us and those who will come after us. 

And of course, there is a blessing for 75. Shehechiyanu. Blessed are 
You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who gave us our life, who 
sustains us, and who has brought us to this occasion. How thankful we are 
for the vision and the soulful caring of the founders and sustainers of this 
community over the last 75 years. How grateful we are for the work, the 
love, the concern, the devotion of the past leaders, rabbis, members, 
teachers, supporters, committee chairs, children and adults who valued 



and continue to promote Jewish life in order to keep Temple Emanuel 
alive and well. 

May we, of this generation, do our part to assure a vibrant and strong 
Jewish presence in Forsyth County for many years to come, so that when 
Temple Emanuel of Winston-Salem marks its future celebratory years, 
members can thank us for our part in living, doing, and developing Jewish 
life. 



Ji Message Trom 'TRe 
Zf' Co-Chairs 



It is said that one can gauge the health of a Jewish congregation by the 
number of simchas that take place within the synagogue each year. 
Weddings, B'nei Mitzvah and other special events mean a thriving 
congregation. So it is truly a good thing that when we started to plan the 
75th weekend celebration, there was just one free weekend to be found in 
the entire fall calendar. Temple Emanuel is thriving, and this weekend we 
have the chance to celebrate a true milestone in its history. 

The 75th committee wanted this weekend to be both a celebration and 
a time to remember our past. Many of those who were around at the time 
that Temple Emanuel came into being are no longer with us. Luckily, 
however, there are still those who remember the early years, and now is 
the time to hear their stories and give them thanks for creating a 
wonderful Jewish place of worship in Winston-Salem. 

We hope that this 75th weekend will be a highlight of the year, and a 
highlight in Temple Emanuel's history. Thank you to all who participated 
in the planning and execution of this weekend. We are looking forward to 
attending the 100th. 



Wendy Brenner & Andy Schneider 



August 7, 2007 




OFTICE OF THE MAYOR - ALLEN JOINES 



Temple Emanuel 
201 Oakwood Drive 
Winston-Salem, NC 27103 

Dear Temple Emanuel: 

I offer my sincere congratulations to you on the occasion of your 75'*' anniversary 
at Temple Emanuel. The Temple and its members have played a significant role in the 
history of Winston-Salem, and have contributed to the rich cultural diversity of the city. I 
was honored to have been a part of the dedication of the new facility a few years ago. 

In addition to the religious leadership it has provided, the Temple has supported 
numerous community organizations and helped address serious social issues that have 
faced our community over the years. 

I extend best wishes for a continued success as a house of worship, a house of 
prayer, a house of study, and as a gathering place for social activities. 

May the Eternal Lamp always bum in front of the Ark, and may the spirit of the 
Temple always shine brightly in Winston-Salem. 

With best regards, I am 

Sincerely yours. 



& 




Allen Joine 
Mayor 



P.O.BOX 2511 -WINSTON -SALEM, NORTH CAROUNA 27102-2511 
PHONE 336-727-2058 -FAX 336-748-3241 ~allenj@cityofws.org 




Michael F. Easley 
Governor 



State of North Carolina 
Office of the Governor 

20301 Mail Service Center • Raleigh, NC 27699-0301 



September 28, 2007 



Dear Friends: 

It is my privilege to extend sincere congratulations as Temple Emanuel celebrates its 75* 
Anniversary. I know this day comes with much preparation and hard work. 

This exciting celebration will afford opportunities to pay tribute to those individuals who 
laid the foundation for Temple Emanuel. Their foresight and commitment to excellence will 
continue to guide you as you move forward. While you commemorate your rich history, you 
also may look forward with great anticipation to your future ministry. 

Mary joins me in congratulating the congregation of Temple Emanuel. We wish you 
many years of fellowship and spirituality to come. 



With kindest regards, 1 remain 



Very truly yours, 



Michael F. Easley A^ 



MFE/kwm 



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Location: 116 West Jones Street • Raleigh, NC • Telephone: (919) 733-5811 



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TempCe ^manueCs ^66is 



1932-1934 


Meyer H. Simon 


1934-1936 


Morris Liebeniian 


1936-1938 


Arthur J. Zuckerman 


1938-1940 


Edward Ellenbogen 


1941-1949 


Frank F. Rosenthal 


1949-1952 


Erwin L. Herman 


1952-1958 


Ernest J. Conrad 


1958-1973 


David H. Rose 


1973-1978 


Barry R. Friedman 


1978-1985 


Stephen F Moch 


1985-1995 


Thomas Liebschutz 


1995-1996 


Andrew Ettin 


1996-2000 


Maria Subeck 


2000-2001 


Andrew Ettin 


2001- 


Mark Strauss-Cohn 



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n^empCe ^manueCs (Presidents 



1932-1938 Moses Shapiro 

1939-1943 Isadore Eisenberg 

1944 Eli Katzin 

1945 Phil Robin 
1946-1948 Louis Feingold 
1949-1950 Moses Wainer 
1951-1952 EH Katzin 
1953-1954 Morris Sosnick 
1955-1958 A.E. Schwartz 
1959-1960 Richard Backer 

1 96 1 - 1 962 Norman Waldman 

1963-1964 Herbert Brenner 

1965-1966 Dr. Isadore Meschan 

1967-1968 Philip Michalove 

1969-1970 ElHs Berlin 

1971-1972 Alan Davis 

1973-1974 FredBurk 

1975-1976 Harold Simons 

1 977- 1 978 Dr. Louis Gottlieb 

1979-1980 Lewis Wolberg 

1980-1981 Arnold Sidman 

1982-1983 Ira Citron 

1983-1986 Marcia Epstein 

1 986- 1 989 Dr. Al vin Goodman 

1989-1990 SueClein 

1990-1992 Dr. David Levy 

1992-1995 Dr. Barry Sigal 

1995-1997 Bobby Stern 

1 997- 1 999 Dr. Jean Fromson 

1 999-200 1 Dr. David Friedman 

200 1 -2003 Dr. Ted Sulzberg 

2003-2006 Dr. Andy Schneider 

2006- David Freedman 



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TempCe ^manueC- 
75 ^ears and Qoing Strong 

By Bob Conn & Andy Schneider 

Except for an occasional murmuring of a child, silent prayer is silent 
these days in our new sanctuary at Temple Emanuel. That's been 
true since 1952, when the initial building on the site at Oakwood 
and Cloverdale opened. But that wasn't always the case. In the 1930s and 
into the 1940s, when the congregation met on the second floor of what 
was then called the First National Bank Building at the comer of Third 
and Liberty streets, Goody's Headache Powders were manufactured on 
the third floor. The noise and vibration of the machinery penetrated the 
floor, which was especially apparent during High Holy Day services. 

As the late Herbert "Sonny" Brenner noted in his presentation at the 
February 25, 1972 dedication of the Frank and Jennie Brenner 
Educational Wing, "High Holy Day services were quite a resounding 
affair!" 

During his presentation, which was an extensive and detailed history 
of the congregation, Brenner noted that, "It is unfortunate that no written 
records of our temple can be found from its beginning in 1932 until its 
incorporation in 1946." But he was able to have conversations with some 
of the founders and provide some reconstruction of those early years. 

The brief histories published in conjunction with the dedication of the 
initial building on May 9, 1952 and the 50th Anniversary of the Temple 
on May 28-29, 1982, add details as do letters from several of the rabbis 
published in conjunction with the 50th anniversary book. 

All begin by telling the story of the arrival of the first Jews in 
Winston-Salem near the end of the 19th Century, and how the initial 
Orthodox congregation moved into a vacant church on Fourth Street about 
1916. But this is a history of Reform Judaism in Winston-Salem, so the 
curious can read those early details in the Temple library. Reform Judaism 
began in Winston-Salem in 1932. 

"Interested in providing their families with a more liberal type of 
Judaism and interested in injecting English into religious services, a group 
of men, among them Moses Shapiro, Monte Cohen, Louis Levin, Moe 
Wainer and Abe Cohen began laying the groundwork for a new 
congregation," Herbert Brenner wrote. "The original intent, I was told, 
was to form a Conservative congregation; however rabbis that were 

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Future Temple Emanuel president Herbert Brenner, 
in 1942, at his Bar Mitzvah. (Photo courtesy of Ann 
Brenner) 



available in Conservative 
Judaism seemed to differ very 
little from the Orthodox 
rabbis." 

They interviewed Meyer 
H. Simon, who was about to 
graduate from Hebrew Union 
College, and offered him the 
position as rabbi. "In doing 
so, there had to be an 
affiliation with the Reform 
movement," Brenner said. So 
the new congregation became 
part of the Union of American 
Hebrew Congregations. 

But Joe Reznick noted, 
"The members that formed 
the Reform congregation were 
all of an Orthodox back- 
ground." 

The initial services were conducted in the Fourth Street synagogue - 
the Orthodox congregation met at sundown, followed by the 
Reform at 8 p.m. That continued until a Sunday in 1934, when 
Rabbi Simon was instructing the confirmation class. "Both he and the 
flowers on the pulpit were asked to leave, and the first physical break 
occurred," Brenner's history said. A torah was purchased, and services 
were moved to rooms over what was once the Mother & Daughter store 
on Fourth Street. 

Although Rabbi Simon only stayed in Winston-Salem for a couple of 
years, he was still alive when Temple Emanuel turned 50. Writing in the 
commemorative booklet, he said, "Winston-Salem was the home of my 
first pulpit in my rabbinic ministry of just over fifty years and Tess and I 
look back with many affectionate memories and heartfelt thoughts of 
those days." He served our congregation from 1932-34, and by 1982, was 
writing from Los Angeles. The second rabbi was Morris Lieberman, who 
served from 1934-36. 

Meantime, the congregation moved again to the previously mentioned 
First National Bank Building. This building also housed the courtroom for 
Judge Abe Shapiro, a local Justice of the Peace, who also served as 
Temple Emanuel's cantor during High Holy Days. At this point in the 



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congregation's history, there were several Bar Mitzvahs each year, and 
these were a cause for celebration within the tight-knit, but growing 
Jewish community. 

The third rabbi, Arthur J. Zuckerman, Ph.D., D.D., rabbi from 1936- 
38, wrote, "According to my records, the following boys became Bar 
Mitzvah in 1937: Richard F. Gantz on April 9, Seymour Solomon on May 
14, Bruce Levin on June 11 and Allan Goldman on Oct. 27. In 1938, 
Shevel Siff became Bar Mitzvah on March 11. 




The A.Z.A. Fraternity around 1940. Front row: Bernie Natkin, Dick Katzin, Bernard Manton, 
Bruce Levin, Martin Levin, Shevel Siff, Seymour Solomon. Back row: Norman Waldman, 
Advisor Dr. Robert Sosnik, Marvin Miller, Al Silverstein, Robert Kalet, Advisor Morris Brenner. 
(Photo courtesy of Temple Emanuel archives) 

"Several men and women rose to positions of outstanding leadership 
during the two short years of my rabbinate, namely: Ben B. Clein, Izzy 
Cohen, Monte S. Cohen, Izzy Eisenberg, Louis and Lee Feingold, I. 
Edward and Sylvia Fine (and daughter Melinda), Eli and Tess Katzin, 
Saul Kapiloff, Lewis and Jewel Levin, Ethel Levin, Moe Shapiro, 
president of the congregation [from 1932-38], his father and mother: 
Hannah Siff, Dora Shevick, H. Silbert, Morris and Lil Sosnik (and little 
daughter Miriam Adelle), Charles Sosnik, Sam Sosnik." 



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Moe Shapiro's parents were Judge Abe Shapiro and his wife was 
Ida. Leonard Clein remembers another role for the judge: "I 
recall Judge Shapiro being helped to the Bema by two people in 
his later years to serve as Cantor at the High Holy Days services. It was 
quite dramatic and I was really young." Judge Shapiro also blew the 
shofar during the High Holy Days until he was in his eighties, eventually 
being replaced by Herbert Brenner. 




/// 1950, Judge Abraham Shapiro blows the shofar while Rabbi Erwin Herman looks on. The 
ark curtain in the background was presented by the 1946 Confirmation Class. (Forsyth County 
Library Photograph Collection.) 

Writing from New York, where he was emeritus director of the B'nai 
B'rith Hillel Foundation at the City College of New York, Zuckerman 
said, "These men and women were among the pioneers who laid solid 
foundations for your community which has continued without interruption 
to the present.... May your congregation continue to be a blessing 
through your performance of God's work throughout the years to come." 

The fourth rabbi, Edward Ellenbogen, D.D., wrote, "In 1938-40, I 
knew you as Winston Hebrew Congregation that met on the second floor 

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of the First National Bank Building. I hope the Temple and you have 
prospered and that you are continuing to be the valuable community asset 
you were when I knew you. I want especially to send grussen to these 
families: Shapiro, Feinberg, Eisenberg, Sosnik, Levine, Clein, Robin, 
Cohen (3 households), B. Harris and Katzin. There were a number of 
others, but 42 years is a long stretch for memory." 

A NeWy But Still Temporary, Home 

There was no letter in the 50th Anniversary book from Frank F. 
Rosenthal, who served as rabbi from 1941 to 1949, but during his 
rabbinate a succession of temporary homes followed after the 
congregation outgrew the First National space. Building plans were 
shelved by World War II. From 1944 to 1952, weekly services were held 
in rented rooms at 2197: W. Fifth Street above a paint store. High Holy 
Day services were conducted at the Odd Fellows Hall and at the Greek 
Orthodox Church at the comer of Fourth and Spruce streets. 




Undated photo showing 219'/2 Fifth Street where Temple Emanuel held services from 1944 until 
1952 when the Oakwood synagogue was constructed. Services were held above the sign for 
"Forsyth Tuberculosis and Health Association." (Forsyth County Library Photograph 
Collection.) 

On April 11, 1946, the congregation was incorporated, and Brenner 
said minutes and other details are accurate from that day forward. That 
year, the congregation had 63 families and 34 children in the religious 

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school. A growth spurt soon followed, and by 1947 the congregation had 
reached 100 families and the religious school enrollment was 52 children. 

According to the dedication book in 1952, "A very active group 
throughout the planning stages of a new Temple was the local Council of 
Jewish Women, who proved themselves to be astute businesswomen.... 
They purchased and gave to the congregation the first building site on 
West Fourth Street. This was sold and two other sites purchased and 
resold, each time a profit earned which was returned to the building funds 
of the congregation." 

The Council of Jewish Woman would eventually transition from a 
separate organization into the Temple Sisterhood, and for many years the 
president was Helen Davis, also a delegate to the National Council of 
Jewish Women. Other "astute businesswomen" involved at the time were 
Marcia Robin and Rose Clein. 

A Permanent Home, At Last 

On Sept. 7, 1949, Harry Coplon reported to the Temple Board that a 
very desirable lot at the corner of Oakwood and Cloverdale had been 
purchased for $6,000 using the funds that the women had earned. 

On June 26, 1950, the board voted to sign a contract for $107,214 to 
build. Ground was broken on July 9, 1950 by Ida Shapiro, Judge Abe 
Shapiro and Moe Wainer, who was then congregational president. Among 
those photographed watching were Nat Silverman, Bernard Herman, 
Herbert Wainer, Robert Rosenbacher, Dorothy Schiller, Jack Schiller and 
Bruce Schiller. 




Temple Emanuel's permanent home on Oakwood Drive as it appeared in the Winston-Salem 
Journal in May 1952. (Forsyth County Library Photograph Collection.) 

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The architectural firm of Sigmund Braverman and M.P. Halperin 
designed the new building. They had designed more than a dozen 
synagogues in the United States, many in Ohio, and supervised the 
construction by the Frank L. Blum Construction Company. 

President Eli Katzin would later reflect on that series of land 
purchases and sales at the dedication of the synagogue. "Three 
years ago, when we purchased the property on which our new 
Temple now stands, it seemed as if the entire Jewish community of 
Winston-Salem rolled up its sleeves and spoke as one man: 'This time we 
shall build!' And this time we did. The building of Temple Emanuel was 
truly a Jewish community enterprise. Everyone did his share; some did 
even more..." 

In the dedication booklet, Erwin L. Herman, rabbi from 1949 to 1952, 
wrote, "The dedication of our new Temple Emanuel has converted into 
reality one of the most glorious dreams that any community has ever 
dared dream. Our visions of a Temple could not have approached in 
splendor the Temple as it is now ours. Fortunately, and wisely too, we did 
not let the dream end with its beginning, as a lifeless picture in our 
imaginations. By dint of heroic efforts and superb sacrifices, we translated 
a thought into an action, a word into a deed, a visual image into a House 
of God. . ..In our splendid and magnificent new Temple, we must begin to 
dream again. Not of bricks and mortar shall we dream this time but rather 
of a Judaism that will throb with vitality and of a God consciousness that 
will abide forever." 




Rabbi Erwin Herman presides over the dedication of the Oakwood synagogue on May 9, 1952. 
On the left is President Eli Katzin, and on the right is Immediate Past President Moses "Moe" 
Wainer. (Forsyth County Library Photograph Collection.) 

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Thirty years later, Rabbi Herman returned to Winston-Salem to speak 
at the 50th anniversary service. 

Rabbi Ernst J. Conrad arrived in Winston-Salem just as the new 

building was completed, and would 
serve Temple Emanuel until 1958. 
"You have exemplified the practice and 
spirit of Judaism in your community 
for half a century, and in good times 
and bad times have kept aglow the fire 
of the Torah. The achievement (of your 
new building) is the more remarkable 
because the Jewish population has 
always been quite small in comparison 
to the size of the city and the county. 
Men and women, young and old, have 
labored hard to interpret our teachings 
and way of life to the neighbors of all 
religions and races. Your concern for 
the survival and strength of the Jewish 
people in this country, in Israel, and 
elsewhere, has been exemplary." 




Rabbi Ernest Conrad, in March 1953, 
with part of the Dead Sea Scrolls which 
he helped to translate. (Forsyth County 
Library Photograph Collection.) 



Temple Emanuefs longest- 
serving rabbi was David H. 
Rose, who replaced Conrad and 
would guide the congregation 
through the turbulent 1960s 
until 1973. It was during his 
tenure that the building's 
education wing was added. Talk 
actually began about the need to 
expand within a few years of the 
opening of the initial building. 
The temple had experienced a 
significant increase in its size 
during the 1950s when Western 
Electric came to Winston- 
Salem, bringing many Jews 
from the Northeast. 




Mrs. Joseph Davis (r) and Mrs. Robert Saks (I) 
demonstrate the traditions of Sukkot for the 
Winston-Salem Journal in 1953. (Forsyth County 
Library Photograph Collection.) 



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Rabbi Ernest Conrad demonstrates the Passover seder for the Winston-Salem Journal. Mrs. 
Monte Cohen is standing next to Mrs. Eli Katzin. Barbara Herman is seated at the end of the 
table. (Forsyth County Library Photograph Collection.) 



A Growing Congregation 

On August 25, 1960, Herbert Brenner was appointed to head a 
committee charged with investigating the possibiUty of an addition. At the 
dedication of that building on Feb. 25, 1972, he quipped, "Isn't it rather 
unusual that I stand before you tonight, 1 1 V2 years later, to tell you I have 
completed my assignment." 

Actually, much of the time the committee was inactive. But at a 
special congregational meeting on Feb. 8, 1970, President Ellis 
Berlin spoke on the building needs of the temple and Alan Davis 
presented preliminary estimates for adding space to what was called the 
rear of the Temple. Herbert Brenner was appointed to meet with an 
architect and develop the plans. 

At the annual meeting on May 24, 1970, President Alan Davis made 
the Temple addition one of his two priorities. Leonard Clein presented a 
slide show summarizing the feasibility of the new building. A year later, 
on May 23, 1971, the congregation voted to award contracts for the new 
addition. "Finally a new addition was about to become a reality, nearly 17 
years after it was first mentioned in a board meeting," Brenner reported. 

He listed Leonard Clein, Arthur Kurtz, Ronnie Goldman, Barbara 
Goldstein, Marcia Gottlieb, Alan and Elaine Davis and Rabbi Rose as key 
figures. 

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"It was all made possible by the contributions of most all of our 
members," he said. "If it was conceived in some disagreement, I can 
assure you it was built with love and contentment... Thank God for those 
who were willing to proceed with tasks that were at the time clouded with 
some disagreement, for we have today what we have because of them." 




The synagogue was full for a January 15, 1971 forum on Soviet Jewry. (Photo courtesy of the 
Winston-Salem Journal) 



Barry Roger Friedman, rabbi from 1973 to 1978, wrote in 1982, "It is 
with much warmth that that I look back upon my years as your rabbi. I 
remember the wonderful association I had with the people of Winston- 
Salem, and the tremendous progress we made together as a congregation." 

The 1982 history noted many special events that have since faded, 
though they involved many members at the time. "Among them are 
participating in Carolina Street Scene and the Dixie Classic Fair; lectures 
and concerts; Shabbat dinners; Second Sunday Club and Monte Carlo 
Nights; chair dances and New Year and newcomers dances. 

"It is also lived, of course, through the regular Shabbat and Holiday 
services, and through the dedicated work of those who keep the 
organization going, the building repaired, the classes staffed, the Oneg 
Shabbat delightful and - in one way or another - the bills paid." 

Ira Citron, who was president at the time of 50th Anniversary, wrote, 
"It is a time for remembering the splendid accomplishments of our past. It 
is a time for giving thanks for our present spiritual vitality. It is time for 

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looking to the 
future with 
confidence in the 
knowledge that our 
Temple will 
continue to be the 
heart of our 
religious, 
educational and 
social life... 
[Temple Emanuel] 
will continue to 
grow and meet the 
challenges that lie 
ahead only if we 
draw upon the 

Leonard Clein (I) and Bert Kalet (r) serving drinks and food at the 
resources or our Temple Emanuel booth at the Dixie Classic Fair. (Photo by Sue 

entire Temple family Clein) 

- the young, the old, 

the members of long standing and the members of shorter tenure." 

Rabbi Stephen F. Moch, who became rabbi in 1978, wrote, "Our 
commitment to Progressive Judaism demands a responsiveness to 
an evolving society. Fifty years have seen many changes in the 
worship and religious life of Temple Emanuel. We can be proud that we 
have remained undeterred from our pursuit of God and our commitment 
to progressive change in our religious life. Let us remain dedicated to the 
goals of our founders as we set our sights on the next fifty years." 




A Community In Change 

In the 50'*' anniversary book, it was stated that as the congregation 
began a second half-century, "we no longer must strive to find a 
permanent location and build large enough facilities for our needs." It is 
clear that few would have believed the somewhat explosive growth that 
the temple would see in the coming decades, making the 1982 facilities 
cramped and aging. 

Rabbi Moch was well regarded and active in the community. A native 
of Connecticut, Temple Emanuel was his first pulpit after graduating from 
Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. Rabbi Moch was a very active rabbi 
within the community of Winston-Salem, which in the early 1980s was 
starting to come to terms with a diverse population and cultural change. 



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Campaigning for the rights of all citizens, Rabbi Moch invited some 
controversy and publicity. 

As president of the Greater Carolinas Association of Rabbis, Rabbi 
Moch focused attention on the needs of the poor and disadvantaged. He 
now serves as the rabbi at B'nai Emmunah in Tarpon Springs, Florida, 
where he continues to work on issues related to social justice and tikkun 
olam. 




This 20-foot high menorah was given to the Blumenthal Jewish Home by Abe and Herb 
Brenner in memory of their brother, Morris. It was created by Yasha Green, and installed at the 
home in 1983. Twenty years later it was re-installed on the Temple Emanuel campus after the 
Blumenthal Jewish Home in Clemmons was closed. (Photo by Sue Clein) 

The 1980s was a time in Temple Emanuel's history in which the tight- 
knit Jewish community of Winston-Salem was evident. It was a time of 
bake sales and bagel booths. It was a time when multi-generational 
families came together to work at the Dixie Classic Fair and represent the 
Jewish community to a community that still didn't know much about Jews 
and Judaism. 

There were frequent fundraising events and celebrations, for this was 
a very social community which enjoyed spending time together. When the 
congregation needed chairs, for instance, it held a "chair dance" to raise 
money. Members of the congregation got dressed up for these events, and 
people had a good time. 

Although the religious school was small, with on average three to five 
students per class, it was filled with students whose parents had grown up 

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in the congregation and cared deeply about Temple Emanuel's future. 
"There was a strong sense of intergenerational connectedness through 
mutual participation in social, educational and fundraising events with an 
accompanying sense of individual responsibility for the viability of the 

temple," according to Sue 
Clein, who served as 
president of the congregation 
in the late 1980s. 

Marcia Epstein, the first 
female president of Temple 
Emanuel, put together a 
search committee in 1984 to 
hire a new rabbi after Moch 
announced he was leaving. A 
year later. Rabbi Thomas 
Liebschutz was hired to 
replace Rabbi Moch. Rabbi 
Moch, while outspoken in the 
community, was also 
considered "very reform" 
steering services from 
Hebrew to English, and 
placed less emphasis on 
traditions and more 
"conservative" customs. 
Rabbi Liebschutz, however, 
was a more traditional rabbi 
who guided Temple Emanuel 
from 1985 to 1995, a time of 
significant change within the 
Jewish community of 
Winston-Salem. 
For many years, a significant number of the Jews in Winston-Salem 
were merchants who operated small and medium-sized businesses that 
catered to the general public. In the 1980s and the early '90s, many of 
these small family-owned businesses either went out of business or were 
sold to larger companies. Many of the children of these merchants were 
not interested in the family business, and many wanted to move to larger 
cities where the Jewish populations were larger and the opportunities 
greater. 




Rabbi Thomas Liebschutz served as Temple 
Emanuel's Rabbi froml985 to 1995. He is pictured 
here in the Winston-Salem Journal in 1991. (Photo 
courtesy of the Winston-Salem Journal) 



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At the same time, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center 
witnessed unprecedented growth and there was a need for 
physicians and researchers in all of the various medical 
specialties. As the medical center grew, so did the number of Jewish 
medical professionals who came to Winston-Salem and decided to call it 
home. 

"When I was a kid, we had no Jewish doctor," recalled Joe Reznick. 
"We had one, two Jewish lawyers, that's all, and those were the 
professionals." 

Temple Emanuel became home to Jewish medical professionals from 
all of the country who brought with them a diverse set of backgrounds. 
Many had come from conservative, or even orthodox, synagogues, and 
now called Temple Emanuel their spiritual home, and Rabbi Liebschutz 
their spiritual leader. 

This transition from a merchant and manufacturing economy to a 
professional economy brought with it other changes. Although the sons 
and daughters of the former often left town, the professionals who 
migrated to Winston-Salem often brought young and growing families. 
This obviously increased the ranks of the religious school, the ever- 
expanding preschool, and the number of members who affiliated with an 
increasingly diverse Temple Emanuel. 

"I never dreamed we'd be bursting at the seams," said Ann Brenner, 
who along with her husband Herbert had been instrumental in adding the 
educational wing in 1972. But even by 1990, when the temple community 
had gathered to bum the mortgage, it was becoming clear that at some 
point the temple would need to expand yet again. 

In 1994 Rabbi Liebschutz announced that he would be leaving to 
become the chief rabbi at the Hebrew Home of Washington. He has since 
retired to Marietta, Ga. Following Liebschutz's departure in 1995, Wake 
Forest University Professor of English Andrew Ettin, who had been 
studying Judaism at the Spertus Institute, stepped in as Temple Emanuel's 
spiritual leader while another search committee looked for the 
community's next rabbi. This proved to be a very gratifying experience 
for Dr. Ettin, who eventually would become ordained and lead many 
congregations in the area. 

More Changes 

In 1996 Rabbi Maria Joy Subeck became Temple Emanuel's first 
female rabbi. A native of Chicago, she arrived to find a temple exploding 
in growth and looking to a future filled with young families and numerous 

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life cycle events. The temple's Board had appointed a long range planning 
committee under the direction of Dr. Barry Leshin, and the conclusion of 
the committee was that expansion of the facilities was needed. It was not 
clear whether the influx of Jewish families into Winston- Salem would 
continue, but it was clear that larger facilities were desperately needed. 

A capital campaign was launched in 1998 with the goal of raising 
enough money to fund the renovation of the current synagogue and 
significantly increase the size of the temple's endowment. Major gifts 
from the Goldberg, Kaplan, and Brenner families allowed the expansion 
project to proceed at a fast rate. Architect Randy Henning was hired and 
"town meetings" were held to inform the congregation about the plans. 



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Rahhi \ndrcw httin and President Dm id I riednian carry the torahs from the Oakwood 
synagogue to their temporary home at Highland Presbyterian Church just prior to the 
beginning of the 2001 construction project. (Photo by Sue Clein) 

When an anonymous donor bought the neighboring land, it became 
clear that instead of adding on to the current building, a completely new 
synagogue could be built on the newly purchased land. The final plan 
called for a new synagogue and social hall to be constructed, and the 
older building to be completely renovated into a classroom and 



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administrative complex. Enough money was raised to proceed with 
construction and avoid the need of a mortgage. In addition, the 
endowment was renamed the Vera and Milton Goldberg Endowment and 
swelled to over a half million dollars. 

As construction by the Frank L. Blum company proceeded, Rabbi 
Subeck announced that she would be leaving to return to Chicago. This 
past July she became rabbi at Congregation Achduth Vesholom in Fort 
Wayne, Indiana. Once again Temple Emanuel was fortunate to have Dr. 
Ettin serve as interim rabbi while a search committee was formed. In 
2001, under the direction of Alan Davis, the committee hired Rabbi Mark 
Strauss-Cohn who was serving as an assistant rabbi in Tampa, Florida. 

This was a busy time in the temple's history, as the congregation 
prepared for a new rabbi and a new building. "For years I had been 
involved in many aspects of the Jewish community, but the years 2001- 
2003 serving as Temple Emanuel president, were the most rewarding," 
said then president Ted Sulzberg. "Having the dual honors of being the 
first president with Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn and the opening of the new 
sanctuary building are two wonderful highlights and unique memories." 

Rabbi Strauss-Cohn delivered his first sermons, however, at the 
Highland Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, Temple Emanuel's 
makeshift home for almost a year during construction and renovation. On 




The new synagogue was designed by local architect Randy Henning and built by the Frank L. 
Blum Construction Company, the same company that built the first synagogue 50 years earlier. 
(Photo by Joel Schneider) 

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January 18, 2002, the first service was held in the new sanctuary, a space 
more than double the size of the old synagogue, and featuring a state-of- 
the-art sound system and a social hall capable of seating more than 200 
people for a meal. Across the parking lot, the original structure had been 
thoroughly renovated on the inside to include new classrooms, new 
offices, and a new and larger library. 




The new synagogue is spacious and contemporary. The stained-glass windows flanking the ark 
were donated by Lynn & Barry Eisenberg and Susie & Arthur Kurtz. (Photo by Joel Schneider) 



More Members^ More Facilities, More Programs 

Under Rabbi Strauss-Cohn's leadership, the congregation has enjoyed 
a membership of roughly 250 member families. The religious school has 
approximately 160 children, and the monthly Temple Bulletin promotes 
an unprecedented number of events and activities. 

"The word 'diversity' may get over-used, but I genuinely feel we have 
a diversity in the congregation we have never enjoyed, prior to the last 
few years," says Alan Davis. "There was something very special about the 
closeness that was there (long ago), but what I see today is really 
impressive. The younger members are incredibly sharp... bright, 
knowledgeable, good to and with each other, and Jewish... in a really 
lovely way... 25-30 years ago was a wonderful time... today is better." 

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The stained-glass "'festival windows donated by Gertrude Brenner in memory of Morris 
Brenner were removed from the 1952 building and re-installed in the new sanctuary. (Photo by 
Joel Schneider) 




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The original building on Oakwood Drive was renovated to house the Religious School, 
Preschool, Temple Library, and the administrative offices. The original bimah remains, and is 
used for youth services during the High Holy Days. (Photo by Joel Schneider) 

Rabbi Strauss-Cohn has been an outspoken voice of progressive 
Judaism within the community. On May 9, 2007, he was 
recognized by the Winston-Salem Foundation with one of its 
ECHO Awards, which recognize and "honor people and organizations that 
are building social capital (and)... personify the ECHO logo of building a 
stronger community by building connections among people." 



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Rabbi Strauss-Cohn 
has also increased the 
congregation's aware- 
ness of Israel and its 
current situation, the 
environment, and the 
situation in Darfur and 
other war-torn countries. 

The future of 
Temple Emanuel is 
clearly bright, and 
Strauss-Cohn's vision is 
clear: Winston-Salem's 
Reform congregation 
can and will continue to 
be a model of Jewish 
commitment, learning 
and spirituality within 
North Carolina and 
America. 
As Sue Clein notes, "Though for many years the temple depended on 
the founding families and their descendents for its leadership and support, 
in the last twenty-five or so years an influx of young families have 
adopted the temple as their own and have provided exciting and dedicated 
leadership and commitment with which to lead us into the next twenty- 
five with vision and great possibility." 




Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn (r) and Winston-Salem 
Foundation President Scott Wierman (I) at the 2007 ECHO 
awards at the Benton Convention Center. Rabbi Strauss- 
Cohn was honored for his impact on the Winston-Salem 
community. (Photo by Andy Schneider) 





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75 ^ears of^form Jucfaism 

By Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn 

In 1932, the very concept of "Reform Judaism," as we know it, was 
approximately a century old. In the United States, the major governing 
organizations of Reform Judaism were fifty years old. Temple music 
in the 1930s used organs and choirs. Major sermons in some 
congregations were given on Sunday morning by the rabbi but in the 
prayerbooks, his part was noted as "Minister." And in 1932, the rabbi was 
certainly a male. 

Hebrew was reserved for a handful of prayers, notably the Shema and 
the Mourner's Kaddish. "Classical Reform" was in its heyday, based on 
the precepts adopted by the 1885 Conference of American Rabbis that 
met in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Known as the Pittsburgh Platform, that 
document defined Reform Judaism of the late 19th and much of the 20th 
century. The rabbis boldly and essentially declared that Judaism no longer 
had need of ritual traditions that grew from an ancient time and an ancient 
land. Reform Judaism was far more interested with the prophetic 
teachings of peace and justice, societal harmony and personal integrity. 

By the 1930s, much had changed in American Jewry. Perhaps most 
importantly, three million Jewish immigrants arrived. Many of the rabbis 
trained in the Reform Jewish seminary in the 1930s were born in this 
country, but certainly nearly all had immigrant parents, who came largely 
from eastern Europe which had nearly no knowledge of Reform Judaism. 
Thus, the very idea of "reforming" Judaism was a novelty and certainly 
the idea of abandoning ancient traditions difficult to fathom. 

These rabbis, and certainly many of the congregants who were joining 
(or founding) Reform temples, were impressed with the ideas of Reform 
Judaism and its emphasis on social justice but knew that a healthy mix of 
tradition and modernity was necessary to keep Judaism alive. Add into 
this picture the growth of modern Zionism, which was an ideological 
principle more than a reality for most Jews in the 1880s. By the 1930s, 
modern Zionism was a major enterprise working toward the establishment 
of a modern state of Israel in our people's ancient land. 

Ideological shifts were seen in a new set of "Guiding Principles" 
adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis in Columbus, 
Ohio, in 1937. Concepts of God, Torah, and Israel were embraced in a 
document that reflected Reform Judaism during the very era in which our 
temple was formed. While the ideals of social justice and moral discipline 

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from earlier Reformers were present, they exist in the 1937 document 
side-by-side with discussion of ritual and prayer, Hebrew and "the 
upbuilding of the Jewish homeland." 

No one could have imagined the devastation and the glory that 
those next 75 years would bring to the world Jewish community. 
The Holocaust brought horror and destruction to our people, 
nearly wiping the European Jewish community off the map. The founding 
of the State of Israel, a dream that is still being created every day - and 
still being questioned and fought against every day by some in the world 
community - is the ultimate reflection of hope and strength of the Jewish 
people. 

The civil rights movement in the United States happened all around 
our very temple, with famous sit-ins right here in Winston-Salem based 
on the first one just down the road in Greensboro. Efforts to save Jews 
from the former Soviet Union led our own congregants to help resettle 
Jewish families in Winston-Salem and act on our guiding principle that as 
Jews, we are one people. Our Congregation Emanuel has felt the 
influence of the changes in Reform Judaism, which have included 
liturgical changes and an ever-watchful eye on balancing respect for ritual 
with the commanded call of the Torah and the prophets to live a life of 
humility, gratitude, and concern for all of God's creation. 

Despite, or perhaps in light of, the economic crisis that was ravaging 
the United States in 1932, a group of Jews in Winston-Salem had the 
need, the hope, and the optimism to found a congregation. They wanted to 
create a home for Jews living in the "Twin City" and it has stood for 75 
years. Though we use the organ less than the guitar these days, and we 
have more Hebrew than our predecessors, we have not lost our 
commitment to social justice and concern for the world. The crises that 
afflict our globe - environmental, political, social and economic - are our 
crises as Jews. Our love of Zion keeps us connected to Israel and with the 
people Israel in our thoughts and our prayers but most importantly in our 
actions as we have forged connections to communities in Israel and 
abroad. 

May the future bring challenges and inspiring moments that help us 
live according to the principles and ideals of Torah and the Prophets, 
connecting us to the myriads of Jews throughout the world: past, present, 
and future. 



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T^empCe ^manueCs Sisterhood 

By Sue Clein & Ann Brenner 

On October 25, 1949, 73 women in Winston-Salem signed a charter 
to officially affiliate with the National Federation of Temple 
Sisterhoods. However, organized Jewry began much earlier for the 
Jewish women of Winston-Salem, as they had affiliated with the Council 
of Jewish Women back in 1925. In the early decades of the century, there 
was one congregation in town, an orthodox shul whose members met in a 
former church building on 4th Street. 

For many years the Council of Jewish Women served as the religious 
and social network for Jewish women in town, and was a means of civic 
work as well as for providing for the religious education of families. 

As the orthodox congregation grew, an interest in Reform Judaism 
grew with it. The first Reform service in Winston-Salem took place in the 
Orthodox shul; the Orthodox services started at 6:30 p.m., followed by 
the Reform services at 8 p.m. 

Following the creation of Temple Emanuel in 1932, the Council of 
Jewish Women and an unaffiliated Sisterhood had as their main focus the 
furthering and support of the temple congregation and local Jewish life. 
The annual fall luncheon in 1934 was publicized in the local paper and 
held at the local women's club. Regular meetings were held in the rooms 
above the bank on Liberty and 3rd Street. 

The secretary in those early days was Ruth Julian, and the treasurer 
was Rose Clein (who always liked keeping tabs on the money). Dues 
were $2, and the speaker at the meeting in 1934 was Rabbi Morris 
Lieberman, the congregation's second rabbi. Rabbi Lieberman closed his 
talk that day by saying, "only as we unite our puny separate strengths in 
whole-hearted cooperative endeavor can we build a satisfying and rich 
cultural life." 

What were the Jewish women doing during those years, besides 
raising families and working alongside their husbands in the many 
Jewish-owned businesses downtown? According to the minutes, they were 
having luncheons, fundraising for the religious school, collecting clothes 
for immigrants coming into Ellis Island, having New Year's Eve dances, 
getting signatures on peace petitions, having bridge parties and planning 
benefit pardes. 

By 1949 dues were $3, and the women decided to become affiliated 
with the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods. That same year they 

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asked the temple Board to give support and responsibility of the religious 
school entirely to the new Sisterhood. At the annual meeting later that 
year, Helen Davis introduced the idea that women be elected to the 
temple Board, and in 1951 three women took positions on the Board of 
Temple Emanuel. 

The women of the Sisterhood recognized that the congregation needed 
a permanent place of worship. Thanks to the hard work and business 
skills of the Sisterhood women, $10,000 was raised to purchase land on 
Oakwood Drive. Following the completion of the construction, the 
Sisterhood flourished and continued to be a key component of temple life. 

Around 1953, the Council of Jewish Women and the Sisterhood 
combined, as they were two organizations with mostly the same people. 
Membership at the time was around 90, and fundraising efforts brought in 
$2,000 a year. 

Over the next several decades, the Sisterhood prospered, and many 
events were held during the year. Many of these events featured food; 
there were bake sales, the Food-A-Rama, the Bagel Booth at Street Scene, 
and the annual temple booth at the fair. 

Throughout our history, the women of the Sisterhood have always 
provided religious school parties, been Oneg Shabbat hostesses, raised 
money for a variety of needs, staffed the gift shop, and been a source of 
friendship, comfort and learning for the women of the entire Jewish 
community. 



Sisterhood women preparing one of the last meals in the "old" kitchen prior to the renovation 
of the original building. From left to right: Elaine Davis, Eve Gelfand, Lynn Eisenberg, Gail 
Citron, Ann Brenner, and Jane Emerson. (Photo by Sue Clein) 

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TempCe ^manueC (PrescfiooC 

By Fran ThuU 

The Preschool has been an integral part of Temple Emanuel since 
1974, just after Rabbi Barrry Friedman moved to Winston-Salem 
with his family to lead the congregation. He, along with some 
members of the temple, decided that early childhood education had an 
important place in Jewish education. When it became apparent that 
significant start-up funds would be needed, Morris Brenner, one of the 
temple's founding fathers, generously offered to underwrite the program. 

The Preschool had its roots as the Temple Emanuel Nursery School 
under the direction of congregant Gladys Schleichert with 10-12 children 
between the ages of three and four-years-old. Shelley Edelschick followed 
Schleichert as director. The rabbi, parents and teachers all participated to 
enrich the lives of the congregation's youngest members as well as 
children from the non-Jewish community, a tradition that continues. 
"Aunt" Esther Robin, a congregant who shared her love of books with the 
children, frequently visited the school. 

In 1978 the Preschool came under the direction of Carol Allen. 
Enrollment was a melting pot of cultures, including Jewish and non- 
Jewish, Caucasian, Asian, Indian and African-American children. Allen 
served as director under Rabbis Friedman, Moch and Liebschutz. 

By 1987 the enrollment had grown to 21 children, and the new 
director was Dale Robin Lockman, who brought a rich Jewish 
background, a love of music and a knowledge of child development. The 
nursery school was now known as the Temple Emanuel Preschool, a 
Jewish preschool that embraced and shared the values and traditions of 
Judaism. 

The following year. Amy Ehrens and Fran Thull assumed co- 
directorship. The program flourished and in the next five years enrollment 
grew to 35-40 children. The school established a reputation not only in 
the Jewish community, but also in Winston-Salem as a high quality early 
childhood program with a strong Jewish identity and an environment that 
offered a safe, loving place to learn basic readiness skills and important 
human values. The Preschool was described as a place that "celebrates the 
differences of children." When the Ehrens moved in 1996, Fran Thull 
remained as director. Since then enrollment has remained steady at 40 
children and a staff of 8. 

This year marks not only the 75th anniversary of the temple but it also 

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celebrates the 20th anniversary of the inception of Temple Emanuel 
Preschool as a Jewish early childhood program. Fran (who also 
celebrates 20 years with the Preschool), along with her staff, looks 
forward to many more years of the Preschool being a place for the 
youngest members of Temple Emanuel to learn, play, explore and grow, 
all in a loving Jewish environment. 



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''Journey'' 



As part of the 75th Anniversary weekend, Temple Emanuel will 
dedicate a new and striking piece of outdoor art by famed local 
sculptor Dempsy Calhoun. Entitled "Journey," it was 
commissioned a year ago to honor the memory of Bessie Gross, the 
beloved mother of Sandy Schneider, and grandmother of former temple 
president Andy Schneider. A close friend of the Schneiders, Joan Dalis 
from Norfolk, Virginia, funded the project through her Dalis Foundation 
as a gift to both the Schneider family and the Temple Emanuel 
community. 

Dempsy Calhoun has been a practicing sculptor, designer and 
metalsmith for more than 30 years. Educated at East Carolina University, 
he holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters degrees in Sculpture and 
Design, respectively. His studio, home gallery and sculpture gardens, 
known as Metalmorph, are located on 15 acres near Mocksville, N.C. 

Working with Rabbi Strauss-Cohn and the temple's design committee, 
Mr. Calhoun has formulated a piece of art that represents the Jewish 
people's journey from the past to the present. Appropriately entitled 
"Journey," it is made almost entirely from recycled materials. Not only is 
the sculpture and its various parts open to multiple interpretations, but it 
also houses the 75th anniversary time capsule. It will serve as a lasting 
reminder of the temple's 75th anniversary celebration, a tribute to the 
Jewish people, and a symbol of the love that Bessie Gross showed her 
family and friends during her life. 




Local sculptor and metalsmith Dempsy Calhoun in his workshop, describing "Journey," a new 
piece commissioned by the Dalis Foundation to honor the memory of Bessie Gross. (Photo by 
Jonathan Schneider) 

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A !Nbte On The ^ndosecC (DV(D 

The 75th Anniversary Celebration has provided our community with 
an opportunity to revisit and honor its past, to celebrate the present 
and to plan for the future. It is our pleasure to include with this 
booklet a DVD of remembrances by members of our congregation. We 
hope this brief oral history will be a bridge to the past as we invite you to 
step back in time and embrace the history of Temple Emanuel and 
memories of Jewish life in Winston-Salem during the mid 20th Century. 

Our many thanks to those who graciously shared their history and 
their reminiscences with us: Abe and Miriam Brenner, Ann Brenner, Kay 
Burk and Dick Backer, Gail Citron, Ann and Harris Clein, Leonard Clein, 
Alan Davis, Lynn and Barry Eisenberg and Bert Kalet. Additional thanks 
to the committee members who interviewed and filmed the participants: 
Wendy Brenner, Gail Citron, Sue Clein and Lisa Purcell. 

Thanks to Alex Brillandt from the North Carolina School of the Arts 
for DVD editing. 



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The 75th Anniversary Celebration of Temple Emanuel would not 
have been possible without the generous support of many people. 
The following list is an attempt to recognize those whose hard 
work, dedication and contributions have brought about this wonderful 
weekend event. 

Steering committee members: Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn, David 
Freedman, Regina Lobree, Wendy Brenner and Andy Schneider. 

Diane Leshin and Linda Beerman 

Frances Reifler and Lynn Eisenberg 

Gail Citron, Lisa Purcell and Sue Clein 

Jan Lefkowitz and Jay Shifrin 

Bob Conn 

Marcia Gottlieb, Kim Hobin and Ali Fridus 

Lois Miller, Julie Englebert, Galit Yosipovitch and Rob Hiersteiner 

Temple Emanuel Sisterhood, Brotherhood and Hadassah 

Mike and Wendy Brenner 

Richard and Felice Brenner 

Ted Sulzberg 

Tommy Thompson 

James Moore 

Leonard Clein, Alan Davis, Ann Brenner and Fran Thull 

Art Bloom and Ray Ebert 

Ken Otterbourg and Joel Schneider 

All bakers and cooks who made the onegs outstanding! 



Special Thanks 

The Winston-Salem UJA for its generous contribution 

The Temple Emanuel Sisterhood for the gift of 15 round tables 

The Dalis Foundation 

Miriam and Abe Brenner for their continuing contributions 



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MAZEL TOV 

Stephen, Trann, gilRan ddMeme (Pai^e 



Congratufatiojis to Tempfe ^manueffor 

75 years of service to and care of our 

Jewish community. Than^you to its 

many ^56is, teachers, staff memSers and 

congregants who have made it an integraf 

part of %'inston-Safem and our fives. 

TJie (^rosswcUds - 
<PauC Jennifer, gavin dCAl^^ 



J{ere's to the next 75 years! 
Larry Tine, gaiC Curtis ^Lia Curtis-Tine 



MAZEL TOV 
TEMPLE EMANUEL : 

Tfian^youfor being our Tempk famiCyl 

Tran, (Pete, MichaeC, Jonathan 
(Danny, Jen, ^iden €t (Brendan IhiUf 



!}{appy 75^'^! You [ool{joung as ever! 

Wendy JlmCerson, Jeremy (BufiCer ^ (l(ena 

Samantha <Bufi[er 



CongratuCations TempCe TmanueC 
It s Been seventeen great years as part of 

thefamify. 
Susan, (David, 2^hary dC Max.Triedman 



In honor of ^56i O^arH^Strauss-Cohn at 

TempCe 'EmanueCs 75^'' 

Lisa, CRff, Shayna dC grant Pureed 



Thanlljoufor 75 years of Jewish 

Community fife. 

(DeBSie ^Mi^ (RuSin 

!Nic^ Jenny dC (Ben 



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Mazel Tov on 75 years! 
Chazak, chazak, v'nitchazeik! 



Be strong, be strong, and we will be strength- 
ened! 
May we grow strong together through our 
engagement with a life of Torah. 

We are so happy to be a part of the life of 
Temple Emanuel ofWinston-Salem. 

Rabbi Mark, Marsha, Eitan & Harii Strauss-Cohn 



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v:^r affilition 
I^t ys Joy and strtfifth 




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|n recognition of reach- 
ing 

this historic miiestone- 
Ma^el Tov! 

"Ira, I aula, /\aron ana /\li 
(juttenberg 



MazeCl^ov on 75 years 

n^ Scfineiders 

!Nancy, Andy, (Bradl^ diJoeC 

Sandy dC TJdie 



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Temple Emanuel Founders: Ben B. and Rose Clein 
with son, Leonard Clein 




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MAZELTOV!! 

75 years of Judaism in Winston-SaCem 

Creating a fifetime of Jewish 

InvoCvement, dedication and some of the 

Best years of our fives. . . Marty Strauss 

Jlnda rememSrance of Susan 



CefeSrating 75 years of our 

Tem-pfe TamiCy 
(Danny <^ Qusti Tran^C 



Congratufations on this 

woncferfuf occasion 

gretcden %faff 



MazefTov to affthe wonderfuf 

memSers and supporters of 

Tempfe 'Emanuef, Winston-Safem, %''£> 

on our 75*^. 

Trom the %xamers 

Stephen, (Rpchelle, Juda €C <Darm[ 



Three generations ofMiCfers have enjoyed 

memSership at Tempfe ^manuef. 

In honor and in memory of parents and 

grandparents. 

Mathew dt ^Edna MiCler 

Jeffery dC Lois Miller 

Jason ^ Leigh MiiHer Songster 

Joseph dC %flcie Miller 'EhrenBerger 



1i/e are proud to have Been part of the 

Tempfe 'Emanuef community since 1976. 

MazefTov to affwho have made this a 

strong Jewish congregation. 

(Davids Kjithy Levy 



Congratufations to Tempfe 'Emanuefon 

its 7S*'' anniversary. 

(Benet Sosni^%p[man 

(Pamelk %p[man 



PEACE 

gbria Tetsc/i 



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Hazel lov, Temple Emanuel! 




ANNIVERSARY 

From the Hollanders: 
Karen, Jet, Ryan and Kevin 



1934 to 2007 

9s>6in Levine 

Citron 

<Brea^tone ^[oomfieCcf 

''Tive generations '' 
at TempCe %manuet 



Con^ratutations on T^empCe 

(EmanueCs 75^^ anniversary! 

It's Seen woncCeTfuC Seing part 

ofTI'empCe ^manueCsfamiCy 

from years 1998 to 2007. 

Tfianl^ to affofyou who have 

made iisfeeCso wetcome during 

this timel 

^atti ^Stan MandeC 



Qoodto live through the 

growth and success of our 

T^empCe 

Miriam dCjiSe (Brenner 



75 r^A^ 

May our community remain 

strong and vitaC ensuring for 

future generations a home 

centered upon Jewish teaming, 

spirituaC community 

and service CocaCCy and in the 

greater world. 

Jean, geraCd, ^en ^ 
Sarah ^romson 



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THE LAW FIRM OF 
CRUMPLER FREEDMAN PARKER & WITT 

CONGRATULATES TEMPLE EMANUEL 
ON ITS 75™ ANNIVERSARY 



TrecCg. CnimpCer, Jr. 
<David(B. Treedman 
g. T,dgar (parfier 
(DudCeyA- "Witt 
Jones (p. (Byrd, Jr 
TredS. JCutcdins, Jr. 
Kjithryn T. TowCer 
Ty[er(B. T<fine 



%at(iy C SmitH 
%aren S. Simmons 
JodyS. Vidd 
Jennifer^, hitman 
L. Mereditd Saunders 
Jessica L. fortune 
Jennifer 9A. Smith 



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%^e moved kere in 1936. 

Have enjoyed every minute. 

from rooms over tHe Tirst 

^ationaC ^an^^BuiCding to our 

marveCous new sanctuary. 

Time das treated us weCC. 

(proudto say I am a member of 

T^empte ^manueC. 

(Bert ^ (Dot 'IQiCet 



J-Cappy 75^^ Jinniversaryl 
SfuLti dC Wes Covitz 

MartfuL dC Scott Lauf 

(R^Hel^ Sarah, MicHaeCdC 

!Ntcfio(as 

Sam dC Ofo^ Covitz 
(ECidCT,[Re 

(Dana dC Qrant !Hdc^fiy 
Hudson 



MazeCl^ov 
TempCe ^manueC 

T^e gottCieBs 



Louis, Marda, ^KjcHarcC, 
Jennifer, ^oaH di C^Cia 



June 1954 

Carofyn 

george 

%(£na 

JLndy Qreen 

yirrive in ft^inston-Scikm. 
JLCvjays invoCvecf. . . 

Congrats Tempfe ^manned ! 



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Photographs by Lindsey Lobree 

Honored to he photographing tonite^s events 





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VAkmi shimt ¥iaM 







HERE S TO THE NEXT 75 YEARS! 
MINDY, ART & AUSTIN BLOOM 



Happy 75'^ Anniversary, Temple Emanuel 




The Nelson Family 
Janie and Mark 

Kyle, Todd, Danielle, and Ian 



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ON 75 YEARS 

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MazeCTov to the ^emp[e 

community and best wishes for 

future simchas. 

The Lesfiin TamiCy 
(Barry, (Diane, (Benjamin, (R^Secca dC 

!Hannafi 



We congratuCate Tempfe ^manueC and aCC its 

memSers on tHe first 75. 

Our wishes are for the Synagogue to have another 

75 years as meaningfuC, inspirational ancf as 

positive as the first 75. 

^ndmay ^66i Mar^Strauss-Cohn andhisfamify 

6e here to share them. 

^iHeAl^n (Davis TamiCy 

<Ben, Margot, Jonah, MoCCy, ^mtna, ^everCy, 

Marty dCACan 



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Tfow SCessecCwe are to have an 

amazing huS of Jewish Cife in 

n^empCe %manueL 

MazeCTbv on 7S years. 



Jay, Taith, Steven dCOavid^ 

Shifrin 

^dtth dC JLlanASrams 



Tfian^ to everyone 

wfio wor^cCto 
ma^ this a speciaC 



7f^ anniversary I! 



Trances Brenner 



J-Cappy 75^^ Jlnniversary 
TempCe %manm[ 

M^e are honored ancC -priviCeged 
to Se memSers since 1979. 

You have Seen the source of 
our Best friends. 

JVeiCoi (Pamela M^oCfman 



We congratuCate the memSers 

ofl^empCe (EmanueCon 

reaching a wonderfuCYS^^ 

anniversary. 

Than^ go to the Cay and 

rabbinic Ceadership throughout 

the years that has sustained u^ 

and aCCowed us to reach 

this day. 

J^CCthe best in the future, 

%dxth €i T^edSuCzberg 



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^est wisdes to the TempCe ^manueC 

f amides we have ^ownfrom our earCy 

years as TempCe memSers; ancfto the 

memSers we have not met. 

We Coo^orwarcfto seeing you. 

With fondest memories, 

(PfiiCip dCjune MicfiaCove and family 



yinn (Brenner 



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Our 6est vuishesfor a Happy ZS^'' 

anniversary and many more 

wonderf lit years. 

!Moe ^ Marian Stban 



'1\/e are proiLcfto Have Been part of the 

T^empCe (EmanueC "famify" for the past 

30 years. 

MAZEL TOV: 

Irene ^Jimy Schwartz arid famify 



(Best wishes 

(Rpnnie dC (Barbara goCdman and famify 



1\/e moi'ecfto Ji^inston-SaCem in 1981 

and the memSers ofTempfe (Emanuef 

made us fee f immediate fy at home. 1 i^e 

watched the congregation grow, Bum its 

mortgage, and grow again. 9iiay the 

growth continue. Jfappy anniversary. 

Charles ^ Lama (Bec^ 



MAZEL TOV 

May we go in strength for the nej(t 

7 J years 

Janet ^^Cfredo <$auca 



MAZEL TOV! 

Love, 

Marc dCjidie (EngleBert 

AndCharfie, Henry ^ Louie Motew 



Jlcfrienne dt>!Her6SpindeC 



MazefTov on Tempfe ^manueCs 75^^ 

M^e Coo ({forward to many more. 

Michael^ Jlfice, Samantha, giURan €C 

^KoahAdkr 



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Jis we Coo^Sac^on tHe 75 years that have 'passed, 

the many things we have shared in TempCe, the 

friendships that wiCCCast, 

We should also Coo^orwardto what future years 

wiCC Bring. 
May we find tomorrow witthotdthe best of 

everything. 

Ann dC Harris C(ein 



MazeCTbv to TempCe ^manueCon serving 
the fi/inston-SaCem Jewish Community for 

75 years. 

SaCem TuneraC and Cremations 



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Thnpk %manueC 

^or the excettent reCigious 

ecfucation you gave our grandsons, 

^an ^ 'Kevin ^o[[an({er 

(Betty (RutH €L MiCton HoCfander 



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You On This Grand 

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T^em-pCe ^manuet and the 

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community Have Seen an integraC 

'part of our [ives for five 

generations. 

It is wonderfuCto ^ow tHat our 

TempCe continues to Sfess our 

community witR growth, maturity 

andtove. 

Lynn dC (Barry 'EisenSerg 



Mazel Tov! 

75 Wonderful Years 

Todah Rabah to the countless 

men and women who have 

contributed over the years 

to help our congregation grow. 

Bobby, Donna, 

Benji and Julie Stern 

Beth, Stephen and Alyssa Rossen 




!Happy 75"'^ 

Jlnniversary 

TempCe '^manuet 

and many morel 



TJie Manns €C tfie 
<Prani^ffs 



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on 75 ^ears 

^fian^for the memories 

3(in€i<Rgf>ertLefkffwitz 



Happy 75^^ Birthday Temple Emanuel! 
Felice, Richard, Hayes and Hannah Brenner 




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